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Science confirms what you've always suspected: music these days is worse than it used to be.
July 27, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
One of the pillars of science fiction would have turned 118 today.
July 26, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
The literary detective's hunting cap and cape came not so much from the books' author as from their illustrators
July 26, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
Important Native American artifact seen in Smithsonian portrait fetches $877,500 at Nevada auction
July 25, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
No one knows exactly what's hidden in a giant warehouse in Sweden, but everyone agrees that it's really, really valuable.
July 25, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
In the modern Olympics’ early days, painters, sculptors, writers and musicians battled for gold, silver and bronze
July 25, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
July 24th marks double jackpot for the intrepid explorers of years past as well for as fans of the latest photographic trend, "ruin porn."
July 24, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Before you settle into your couch to watch the Olympics, get down to the Smithsonian for exhibits, games and more.
July 24, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
Though in tatters, the undergarment looks thoroughly modern. But was it comfortable!?
July 23, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
This week at the Smithsonian, learn how animals find their way across continents, try out belly dancing and pick up a new language with the creator of Klingon.
July 23, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
Reading while traveling can serve as a sensory supplement to one's surrounding environment. Here's a list of some of my favorite books and where to read them
July 21, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Infographic design first appeared at the Olympics in 1948, when the games were last in London.
July 20, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
Forty artists honor 40 years of craft.
July 20, 2012 | By Guest Blogger
This weekend, celebrate Earth, have a movie day and check out some super cool planes at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
July 19, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
The area between New York City and Philadelphia is the most densely populated in the country. Yet documentary filmaker and environmental journalist Jared Flesher managed to pinpoint what he calls "the last green space" situated between these metropolises, depicting it in the new film "Sourlands."
July 19, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
How filmmakers created a gorgeous, dystopian future
July 19, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Winners of the museum's Teen Portrait Competition discuss their portraits and the stories behind them.
July 18, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
Our series on Design and Sherlock Holmes begins with an investigation into the location of the famous detective's London flat
July 18, 2012 | By Jimmy Stamp
In Leanne Shapton's Swimming Studies "Bathing" chapter, there's a story behind every suit
July 17, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
A guide to the movies being preserved now that will be available in future months
July 17, 2012 | By Daniel Eagan